Read on my introductory blog about Ilocos Trip.

Day 1 – Laoag

Day 2 – Pagudpud

Day 3 – Laoag/Vigan

Frustrated from being unable to take pictures in Calle Crisologo yesterday, I woke up at 4:30AM to prepare for my morning stroll (and photo ops of course).

Calle Crisologo at dawn

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Look how few the people were 🙂

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St. Paul Metropolitan 

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Plaza Salcedo

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Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol

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I took my time walking before I head back to the hotel for my complementary breakfast. I recommend that you also try and wake up early and enjoy a peaceful stroll in Vigan.

I went back to the hotel to eat then sleep again. National Museum not opens until 9AM, so I thought. When I went there at 9AM, I was told that it would open at 10AM. So I looked for some cafe where I can stay. I looked at my list and found Cafe Uno.

1. Cafe Uno

This is a cafe of Granda’s Inn Hotel. Along with this cafe is two restaurants, Kusina Felicitas and Uno Grille.

Address: Grandpa’s Inn, 1 Bonifacio, Vigan City
Store Hours: 9AM – 12AM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cafeunovigan/?rf=203654422991971
Website: http://www.grandpas-inn.com/cafe.php
Tips: Very cozy coffee shop, and their serving is classy as well. Try Father’s Inn Classic and Matcha Cheesecake

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I ordered Matcha Frappe and Father’s Inn Classic cake = P190
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After taking my time in the coffee shop, I went back to National Museum. Finally, it’s opened.

2. Father Burgos’ house (National Museum)

Address: Burgos, Vigan City,
Operational hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Facebook Page: (not confirmed)
Website: http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/nationalmuseumbeta/ASBMD/Padre%20Burgos.html
Comments: Free entrance, but it was under renovation at the time I went so no displays. No ETC of when renovation would be completed.

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3. Provincial Jail (just beside the National Museum)

Entrance is free, but they would ask you to avoid using your monopod. My overall experience here was it was full of history, very rich and cryptic at the same time. There are lots of paintings and exhibit inside, which were well-kept. There were also guards per area so kudos to those who maintain this place.

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My favorite part of Quirino’s memorabilia is his shoes. It looked very expensive and vintage and classy.
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4. Evelyn’s Famous Empanada

Don’t leave Ilocos without buying Evelyn’s empanada. Her stall is located on the side of Plaza Salcedo. You can see it easily since it has a sign.

Empanada and Okoy cost P30 each. The empanada is so full of meat and vegetable with one egg in the middle. This is very tasty and I regretted that I only bought one. For okoy, it was okay for me being not fan of it. But the empanada…… You should!!!

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5. Lampong’s Restaurant

Before going here, I went to Abuelita’s but they were closed every Sunday 😦 So I looked a place to eat in Calle Crisologo and found Lampong’s.

Address: Calle Crisologo, Vigan City
Operational hours: 11AM – 9PM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LampongsRestaurant
Website: http: (not confirmed)
Comments: The place is small, but very homey. Try Sinanglao. It only costs P120 but it has 1 rice already.

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Sinanglao is a local dish, which, for me, tasted like fusion of Gotong Batangas and Sinigang. It’s heaven. For some reason, out of its simplicity, I really liked the dish.

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6. Buy bagnet and Vigan Longganisa in Public Market

There were several stores, which sell bagnet and longganisa. But per locals, it would be better to buy in public market, which what I did. I got my bagnet for P350/kilo while longganisa for P100/dozen. I think it’s already pretty fair.

 

Before finally going to Partas Terminal for my MNL trip, I walked once more in Calle Crisologo and took one last picture for that trip.

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I passed by Irene’s empanada, and bought one. It costed P35. To be honest, I liked Evelyn’s more. 🙂

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This concludes my Ilocos trip. Check out my other blogs to see the places I’ve been to throughout.

Read on my introductory blog about Ilocos Trip.

Day 1 – Laoag

Day 2 – Pagudpud

Day 3 – Laoag/Vigan

Feel free to ask me things about the trip as there were details I might not have mentioned but you wanted to know.

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